Secure Fisheries works with the international community—including nongovernmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, industry, and state governments—to ensure the sustainability of fish species, prevent violence against fishing communities, and combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
International and regional coordination of stakeholders is urgently needed to ensure the lasting viability of fisheries. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to cost the global economy up to US$23 billion per year. IUU fishing poses significant risks for overfishing and undermines the ability of nations and regions to sustainably manage their fish stocks for the long-term well-being of their citizens who depend on fisheries for their food and economic security.
Overfishing has already had serious impact on global fisheries. Only 10 percent of all large fish—both open ocean species including tuna, swordfish, marlin and large ground fish such as cod, halibut, skates and flounder—are left in the sea, according to extensive research published over the last two decades. The decline in fish stocks is incentivizing large fishing nations to travel farther and farther from national waters to meet the world’s growing demand for seafood, sometimes resulting in violent conflict with artisanal fishers and sovereign states protecting their territorial sea.